Elon Musk’s Starlink Will Start In Nigeria As The First African Country.
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Starlink, a satellite internet service owned by Elon Musk, is now available for consumers in Nigeria.
The company had said customers interested could preorder the starter kits at $600 for the hardware and $43 per month for subscriptions to its services.
In a Tuesday post on its Twitter page, Starlink said its service is now active in the country.
“Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service,” the tweet reads.
Meanwhile, on its website, the company said consumers could get its services at a lower rate with a 30-day free trial.
The notification said while the hardware would be available for ?274,098, the subscription would be for ?19,260.
“Starlink is currently available in your area. Customers in your region typically see download speeds of 50-200 Mbps. No contracts, 30-day trial,” the company said.
“Shipping times are estimated to be 1 to 2 weeks from order… ?19,260/month for service and N274,098 for hardware.”
Confirming the development, Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, described it as a milestone.
“We have made it again. @SpaceX thank you for hosting me in your headquarters, the United States, in December 2022 to complete the logistics for the deployment,” he tweeted.
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Nigeria∘Last activity one month ago
This move might be helpful for those who require internet in the middle of nowhere. But we need to put wires in the ground for cities and towns. We can't expect our people to pay so much for something as basic as broadband internet.
Also, there are national security concerns. We must rely on something other than foreign corporations for critical services. All of them behave like Shell when given the opportunity.
It makes sense for organizations and companies etc. For example, I operate in a workspace, and we plan to get it, not minding the initial hardware cost as the monthly plan is affordable.
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Big municipalities and villages already have fiber cables in the ground in Nigeria - but the monthly are more expensive than the Starlink rate (equipment/setup is cheaper than Starlink tho)
All in all - ftth Is the most affordable and best for big towns and cities in Nigeria.
1 Shuaib Odusola
The problem with fiber right now is the scale. It only exists in a handful of locations, so they're trying to make its money back from a tiny consumer base. We need to expand it to everyone. It should be like electricity.
The way the internet works makes everything more affordable the more nodes the web has. The government needs to be compelling this. We have more important issues right now, but still.
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